Antonella Spacone

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Oxidative stress caused by airway inflammation is increased in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and may account for the progressive deterioration of structure and function of the respiratory tract observed in this disease. Antioxidant defences of the respiratory tract may be overwhelmed by the oxidant burden in COPD and possibly restored with(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To assess the ability of patients to accurately estimate specific waiting times in the emergency department. METHODS A questionnaire was administered by telephone to a random sample of 776 patients (or parents or responsible caretakers, if appropriate) who had been treated within the previous 2 to 4 weeks in the ED of a suburban hospital.(More)
A software program for voice-controlled text creation was used on a microcomputer in the emergency medical department of a large hospital. It was found that automated speech recognition (ASR) permitted doctors to produce their reports faster and more accurately than handwriting or dictation to tape. In addition, ASR reporting is cheaper than dictation to(More)
Although a great number of studies have been carried out on the relationship between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and low body weight, the identification of the most suitable warning signs of this wasting condition is still under debate. It has been indicated in earlier studies that body weight alone is of limited diagnostic value concerning(More)
A case of febrile hepatic granulomatosis was examined and the many aetiologies to be considered in the differential diagnosis of the condition evaluated. This is not a separate disease but a specific histological peculiarity of the liver. The case in question was diagnosed as hepatic granulomatosis originating in sarcoidosis. This diagnosis requires, it is(More)
Chronic airways inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) induces the activation of several cell types with delivery of proteases and reactive oxygen species (ROS). Assessing oxidant content in the exhaled air of COPD patients has proven useful in monitoring airway inflammation. The present study was designed to confirm the usefulness of(More)
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